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Sun, 31 Oct 1999, 02:31 PM

HOUSTON - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the 3rd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions:
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Bob Newberry        5.675 254.28  Q   12 Larry Miner         5.863 250.13
   (F Monaghan  ) 0.535  5.707 250.04  E1   (C Chesterman) 0.525  5.821 244.87
 *****WINNER***** 0.516  5.646 254.09  E2                  0.513  5.814 236.70
1:15 PM Miner left first, but Newberry had the horsepower and traction to take the win. Miner was moving around a little on the top end of the track and that might have slowed him down.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Tony Bartone        5.669 248.93  Q    6 Tate Branch         5.772 250.37
   (S Blue      ) 0.524  5.666 246.44  E1   (J Rupert    ) 0.452  5.821 247.66
 *****WINNER***** 0.459  5.858 246.80  E2                  0.543  8.509  99.37
Branch lost traction at 200', the car fishtailing before he got off the throttle at 600'.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Pat Austin          5.635 256.36  Q    8 Paul Gill           5.790 250.27
   (J Jones     ) 0.471  5.657 254.60  E1   (T Simpson   ) 0.537  5.780 249.53
 *****WINNER***** 0.484  5.569 254.95  E2                  0.496  5.659 253.50
Gill was having trouuble keeping the car in the middle of his lane, drifting toward the centerline at the top end. Austin will have lane choice over Newberry in the semi's.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Jay Payne           5.665 250.37  Q   10 Steve Harker        5.808 250.13
   (J Hyland    ) 0.553  5.675 240.29  E1   (C Cheeseman ) 0.529  9.404  88.74
 *****WINNER***** 0.504  5.668 253.95  E2                  0.527  5.768 252.52
Harker's car was dancing around a bit, he had his hands full in this game effort, but Payne had too much for him at every interval. Payne will have lane choice over Bartone in the semi-final round.




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